Creepshow (1982) Review

“The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have… BEING SCARED!”

Synopsis: An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

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Calamity Brains:

Anthology movies aren’t really my thing, but Creepshow does stand out from the crowd. By far the best thing about it is that its vignettes are all tied together through an overall wrapping; each is treated like a comic book style story in a horror magazine, complete with drawn freeze frames and flipping pages. That gives the whole movie a sense of cohesiveness that’s generally lacking in these movies… though of course, none of Creepshow’s vignettes really tie together.

Most of Creepshow’s shorts are generic and easy to predict. A couple are noteworthy due to particularly good or bad effects (interesting makeup in “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” vs. ridiculous gore in “The Crate”). I particularly liked “Something to Tide You Over,” though the first two-thirds of it are much better than the last bit. Leslie Nielsen does a surprisingly good job at being creepy, and I loved his revenge plan. I didn’t see the twist coming, but didn’t like it either.

Whether or not you have the patience for anthologies, Creepshow is worth a watch for the sheer amount of talent that worked on it. It’s directed by Romero, written by Stephen King, has effects by Tom Savini, and includes actors like Hal Holbrook, Tom Atkins, and Adrienne Barbeau. It’s pleasantly cheesy, and a fun way to get into the throwback horror spirit – think Tales from the Crypt, or even Goosebumps.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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